Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Fourth Word: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Mark 15:34)

So-called "God's Tear" from The Passion of the Christ.

Mark D. Roberts @ continues with the fourth in the series on the Seven Last Words of Christ. He notes:

As Jesus was dying on the cross, Roberts notes that Christ echoed the beginning of Psalm 22, which reads:

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief. (vv. 1-2)

He offers questions for reflection:

Have you taken time to consider that Jesus was abandoned by the Father so that you might not be? What does this "word" from the cross mean to you?

And closes with the words of:
"When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" by Isaac Watts (1707)

When I survey the wondrous cross,
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God;
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

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